I have to confess that I've seen only pictures of Zac Efron and about 15 minutes of a movie~enough to be able to say that, at no moment, was I reminded of Len. This Zac is teen-magazine cute (or was) but definitely not in the league of our Romeo.
I still recall the moment when he appears on screen. I was among the many girls in the audience that heaved a collective sigh! It swept the theater and made our male classmates look at us questioningly. I don't recall if they reacted the same to Olivia, but I do know from the things they said later that she was their dream girl. Opposite to a claim some poster made on the board, we never spoke of that scene. We definitely were not sex-obsessed as Gen XY obviously is. There still was so much innocence, and Romanticism was in our nature.
The bedroom scene was the first time I had seen male nudity. I was a very shy and naïve teenager who wouldn't go on a date for at least two more years. So, I should have been shocked and embarrassed, right? Instead, I thought, "He's like a statue that has come to life!" He was the most beautiful creature I had ever seen! When I watched that scene again last night, I thought the very same thing that I did as a teen though now I've seen nude scenes in other movies. (As impossible as it might be believed, I've never seen nudity in "real life". So, Leonard provided the ideal image.)
When the Leonard Whiting club I belong to has pictures of his present-day self, he still looks so beautiful to me. I'm not idealizing, as I myself am decades older, too. This isn't an instance of not letting go of that image. After all, Olivia still is so beautiful. If someone did yet another version of the play (nothing like that BL atrocity!), wouldn't it be wonderful if they played the respective parents?
(W)hat are we without our dreams?
Making sure our fantasies
Do not overpower our realities. ~ RC